An extraordinary journey to the isolated valley in the Manaslu region, Tsum Valley Trek is an ideal trek for curious travelers who seek peace in the off-beaten. Trekking in Tsum Valley was restricted until 2008 hence the nature and culture of the valley have remained divine and pristine. This trek allows you to explore the pure virtue of Tibetan Buddhism whilst being in the lap of the Manaslu Himal Range.
You will begin your trek after the seven hours drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. The first half of the trek ascends to the Budhi Gandaki Valley crossing terraced fields, dense forests, hills, and villages. After leaving the main Manaslu trail, you will move towards Tsum Valley crossing glacial rivers and alpine forests. You will visit historic Gompas of this region like Mu Gompa, DhephuDoma Gompa, and Rachen Gompa. The locals of this region belong to Tibetan origin, speak a unique dialect, and also have their own rich ancient culture, religion, and art. The trail is filled with various artistic Chortens and Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers.
Traditionally Tsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called ‘Tsum Tso Chuksum’, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact. Only few trekkers have made it to this mysterious valley which also used to be the important trade route between Nepal and Tibet.
Tsum Valley has an ancient history of Buddhism, and it is believed that Buddhist saint Milarepa used to meditate in the caves of this region. After exploring Tsum Valley, the trek takes you to the main Manaslu Circuit Trail and traverses across the dramatic Larkya La (5160m) pass on the way back.
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek Altitude Trek